The Indigenous/Hispanic Frontier in Colorado

2023 Guides - Theme: Frontiers in History: People, Places, Ideas
Book cover for Early Hispanic Colorado by Joseph P. Sánchez

Getting Started

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Example Keywords & Catalog Subject Headings

"Spanish frontier" and Colorado
"Spanish borderlands" and Colorado
"San Luis Valley"
"Santa Fe Trail"
"Old Spanish Trail"
Indigenous or "Native American" or "American Indian"

Database/Online Resources

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Prospector: Materials from Other Colorado and Wyoming Libraries

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Internet Sources

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Research Guide from Colorado Virtual Library

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